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SAM Annual Meeting

The SAM Board of Directors would like to invite you to CELEBRATE YOUR ASSOCIATION at the upcoming SAM Annual Meeting and dinner on Thursday, April 5, 2018. We invite you to participate, relax and enjoy dinner with your friends, while you participate ...Read more

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Stan Kopala, Snowmobile Advocate, Dies at 85

Stan Kopala, The Godfather of Greylock, known for his outspoken style, can-do spirit and love of snowmobiling, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Berkshire Medical Center-North Adams. A dedicated member of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts, Stan also served ...Read more

Published on June 28, 2017 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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Never Saw That Coming! (Jeff Miller)

Snowmobiling is a year round sport. It is not uncommon to have regular meetings throughout the year to prepare for the upcoming season. Sledmass is no different. So it was not unusual to have a meeting of the executive committee ...Read more

Published on June 16, 2017 in In The News, News & Updates, President's Message
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Dan Gould Named Executive Director of New Hampshire Snowmobile Association

The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association has named Dan Gould as executive director. Dan will be responsible for executive leadership, communications, representation and administration. He will officially start July 1, 2017.  It is with mixed emotions that I step down as ...Read more

Published on May 25, 2017 in In The News, News & Updates, President's Message
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SAM Annual Meeting April 6

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts Board of Directors invite you to celebrate your association at the upcoming SAM Annual Meeting and dinner. Participate, relax and enjoy dinner with your friends, while you participate in the business meeting and the honoring ...Read more

Published on February 21, 2017 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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Sledmass Delivers Christmas Toys For Tots

The Sledmass clubs delivered a Merry Christmas for the Toys For Tots program again this year, now an annual fundraiser. There were so many toys that we couldn’t even fit all of them into the hall at the Oak Ridge ...Read more

Published on December 22, 2016 in Charity, In The News, News & Updates
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Support Your Snowmobile Club (Brad Stafford)

The temperatures are starting to drop, the leaves have been falling and the Big Box stores have had Christmas decorations out for at least two months. So, we all know what that means. Yup… Its time to support your snowmobile ...Read more

Published on December 12, 2016 in Guest Columns, In The News, News & Updates
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Q&A: Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts

From time to time there are questions about SAM. I hope this Q&A clarifies how the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts operates and why our partnership is key to the success of snowmobiling and the economy. SAM is not a company, it is ...Read more

Published on November 21, 2016 in In The News, News & Updates, President's Message
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2017 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program

The 2017 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program grant round is now open! Please visit the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) website for updated grant guidelines, application materials, and past awarded projects Check out the SAM clubs that were awarded grants this past ...Read more

Published on November 15, 2016 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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Worthington Snowmobile Club: 2016 Club Of The Year

It’s important that clubs have a representative at SAM meetings, it’s even better when three members regularly attend the monthly meetings. Participation in the state association is vital to a healthy organization. The Worthington Snowmobile Club participates in the Snowmobile ...Read more

Published on June 6, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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John Rackem: 2016 Trail Worker Of The Year

Here, we have a snowmobile volunteer without an official title. John Rackem’s role is out on the trails, making sure projects are completed, organizing what is needed, where it is needed, and when. As a trail worker, John is always ...Read more

Published on May 17, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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The Crowningshields: 2016 Snowmobile Family of the Year

The Crowningshield family is always working on trails of the Indianhead Snowmobile Club and always makes sure the Cookie Bash landowners appreciation event happens, no matter what. Matt Crowningshield is the president and treasurer of the club and his family ...Read more

Published on May 2, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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John Puffer: Groomer of the Year

John Puffer is considered the backbone of the Porcupine Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club. “It’s kind of ironic nominating John for groomer of the year, during a season without snow, but this is a guy who is constantly thinking and dreaming ...Read more

Published on April 25, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Colin Mackie: 2016 Junior Snowmobiler Of The Year

Everyone should meet this remarkable young man. Colin Mackie is a quiet, younger version of his dad, Keith Mackie. They both love working with their hands and being outdoors. Colin is an avid outdoors person who loves snowmobiling, fishing and ...Read more

Published on April 18, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Rusty Coombs: 2016 Snowmobiler of the Year

This story dates back a few decades, to a time when a local club had fallen into disrepair and how an enthusiastic volunteer resurrected it. Having a passion for snowmobiling since boyhood, Rusty Coombs interest in snowmobiling was rekindled when ...Read more

Published on April 13, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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SAM Annual Award Nominations (Dan Gould)

It’s clear that the clubs and volunteers were running in overdrive this season. Sure, it can be a thankless job. Many of you volunteer to be with friends or have fun with the family. Some of you do it because ...Read more

Published on February 25, 2016 in News & Updates, President's Message
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SAM I AM: Peter Blake

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Peter Blake is a member of the Northfield Snowmobile Club and has been riding snowmobiles for 40 years. His current snowmobile is a 2003 Arctic Cat Pantera 550. Club position: Currently serving as the ...Read more

Published on February 12, 2016 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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SAM Annual Meeting April 7

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts Board of Directors invite you to celebrate your association at the upcoming SAM Annual Meeting and dinner on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Participate, relax and enjoy dinner with your friends, while you participate in the ...Read more

Published on February 8, 2016 in In The News, News & Updates
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SAM I Am: Spike Wheeler

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Spike Wheeler is a member of the Colrain Sno-Drifters and has been riding sleds for 45 years. His current ride is a 2012 Ski-Doo MXZ TNT 600 ACE. Sled mods: Just a bigger windscreen. ...Read more

Published on January 29, 2016 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Work and Play: Suzuki Groomer (Steve Howland)

Last fall I set up a 4-wheel-drive Suzuki Carry Mini Truck with tracks (also know as the Snowzuki) to use as a groomer for the trails that are taken care of by the Buckland Riders. It’s been a fun project ...Read more

Published on January 16, 2016 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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SAM Partners with Land Trust to Protect Trail in Northfield

One of the most important north-south snowmobile trail corridors in Northfield is one step closer to permanent protection thanks to a partnership between landowners Bill and Nancy Ames, the Northfield Snowmobile Club, the Town of Northfield, Mount Grace Land Conservation ...Read more

Published on January 6, 2016 in Environment, News & Updates
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Top 10 Snowmobile Stories of 2015

Here are the Top 10 Snowmobile Stories of 2015, all written by SAM members for your reading and riding pleasure. It’s a mix of products, experiences, opinions, humor and fun. It’s also an invitation for you to send a story ...Read more

Published on December 29, 2015 in Awards, News & Updates
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Are The Snowmobile Trails Open? (Brad Stafford)

There are many questions that every snowmobile club and their volunteers get… “Where can I get a Trail Pass?” “Where can I park?” “Where can I get a map?” But I think the hardest one to answer is, “When are ...Read more

Published on December 27, 2015 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Sledmass Toys for Tots Donations

The clubs of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts went big this year, we’re talking Ho Ho Ho Santa-size big. The sledmass clubs love Christmas shopping, especially for the Toys for Tots program. They know first-hand the magic of Christmas giving, ...Read more

Published on December 21, 2015 in Charity, News & Updates
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SAM Members Featured in Worcester Living Magazine

Worcester Living magazine features a story in the just-released winter edition about snowmobiling in Central Massachusetts. The story is catered to readers who have never snowmobiled and might be interested. SAM members and local volunteers, Gerry Balchuinas, Jay Pease, Tony ...Read more

Published on November 30, 2015 in In The News, News & Updates
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Polaris Winning Riders Program Supports Snowmobile Associations

Polaris Winning Riders Program Supports State & Provincial Snowmobile Associations and Grassroots Groups with Sales-Based Contributions. For the eleventh consecutive year, state and provincial snowmobile organizations across North America are receiving contributions from the Polaris Winning Riders program, which generates ...Read more

Published on October 26, 2015 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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SAM I Am: Matt Crowningshield

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Matt Crowningshield is a member of the Indian Head Snowmobile Club and has been riding sleds for 24 years. His current ride is a 2003 Polaris XC-SP 600 Sled mods: I raised the handlebars, ...Read more

Published on October 25, 2015 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Will This Be The Future of Snowmobiling? (Mark Kenyon)

Closed trails. Will this be the future of snowmobiling? Although there is some humor in the picture, this in fact may happen someday. Why? Because of a lack of volunteers! We are not the only club with this problem, and ...Read more

Published on September 27, 2015 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Chainsaw Safety Class

May 30-31, 2015 9am-4pm at Bridgewater State University June 27-28, 2015 9am-4pm at Notchview Reservation, Windsor, MA. This class is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB) and the Recreational Trails ...Read more

Published on May 17, 2015 in Education, News & Updates, Safety
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Boulevard Machine & Gear: Friend of SAM

Boulevard Machine & Gear has generously supported Knox Trail Sno-Riders monetarily, by way of purchasing raffle tickets and making groomer donations. They joined the club at our Annual Raffle in December to celebrate the season and partake in the festivies. ...Read more

Published on May 2, 2015 in Awards, News & Updates
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